Dr. Gareth Forde, Author at BabyQ


How can I use my Microwave safely while Pregnant?

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Pregnancy is a busy time for expectant mothers to care for themselves and to prepare for their developing baby. With their increased daily demands, often times pregnant women find themselves rushing to consume meals that are quickly prepared. Such “fast food” is typically cooked or heated in a microwave oven. Microwave ovens work by vibrating water molecules in food and producing heat that cooks the food. Foods with large amounts of water like fresh vegetables cook faster than other foods with less water. Microwave ovens change their energy into heat that is absorbed by the food. The molecular structure of food is not altered, thus microwave cooking does not make food “radioactive” or “contaminated.” As well, there is no evidence that microwave cooking reduces the nutritional value of foods any more than conventional cooking. Quite the contrary, microwave cooking may retain more vitamins and minerals in foods since microwave ovens…

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I am Rh-negative – What is RhoGAM?

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As part of your routine prenatal care during pregnancy your doctor will order a blood test to determine which type of blood you have – A, B, AB, or O. Part of this prenatal screening is to determine whether or not you carry the Rh factor, a type of protein that exists on the surface of red blood cells and that can cause your immune system to respond in certain ways. Most people (more than 85%) are Rh-positive, but for the smaller population who are Rh-negative, pregnancy can cause added concern. If you are Rh-negative and your partner is Rh-positive, your child can inherit the Rh-negative component or the Rh-positive component. If you have discovered that you are Rh-negative, that means that your body may develop antibodies to in essence fight off your developing baby, should that baby be Rh-positive. All that it would take is for a small amount…

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How Should I Interpret New Pregnancy Studies?

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Are New Pregnancy Research Studies Reliable? Possibly, but don’t believe everything you read. Pregnant women should never take action based on pregnancy studies they may read about online. After all, the online world is filled with misinformation which, unfortunately, may sound just as authoritative as truly reliable advice found on the Web. (Other media such as print publications or TV can be just as unreliable.) It’s wise to take everything with a grain of salt, except the information and advice you get from your physician. As your instinct likely tells you, only a trained medical professional, familiar with the specifics of your health history and overall condition, should advise you. If you should still have doubts after a discussion your doctor, get a second (informed and in-person) medical opinion. How Should a Pregnant Woman to React When Reading Studies Done on Animals (or humans) That Seem to Contradict Common Consensus? It can be scary out there in…

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Is Sushi Safe to Eat During Pregnancy?

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Safe Guidelines when Eating for Two If you are either pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, chances are you’ve heard your fair share of warnings and guidelines about what to eat and what not to eat for the health of your baby. Pregnancy is a time in your life when you might have to make changes in your diet and lifestyle in order to support the development of a healthy baby. Fish offers pregnant women a healthy way to add protein and Omega-3 fatty acids – essential for the strong development of your baby’s brain. A healthy diet during pregnancy can include fish, even sushi, as long as you follow safe guidelines for selection and preparation, just as with most protein sources. Is There Such a Thing as Safe Sushi? When it comes to eating sushi during pregnancy, the most important concern is not that the fish is served raw….

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What Are 5 Great Pregnancy Blogs?

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If you search for pregnancy related topics online, you’re going to be met with a new story, image, or advice on thousands of sites. There are some blogs, however, that stand out among the rest when it comes to pregnancy related topics. They are not intended to replace medical care or advice, but they are great tools for moms-to-be to find support, learn from others’ experiences, and get new perspectives about pregnancy. 1. Project Nursery The indigestion and swelling ankles simply just aren’t as enjoyable as dreaming about the serene space your baby will call home someday. Project Nursery is one of the most popular pregnancy blogs, but it is almost more about interior decorating than about pregnancy. The site is updated every day, and is filled with colorful photographs and videos of almost every nursery style imaginable. Perhaps one of the reasons why this site is so popular with…

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Tips for Washing Fruits and Vegetables to Reduce Pesticide Exposure

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For pregnant women, in their first trimester, particularly in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, considerable effort should be taken to avoid and/or limit exposure to pesticides.  During this early stage of pregnancy, a baby’s major organs are developing and thus are susceptible to chemicals and exposures that can lead to permanent defects. Specifically, pesticide exposure has been linked to birth defects and low birth weight. Fruits and vegetables are common sources of pesticide exposure given the widespread use of chemicals to kill insects and preserve produce.  Tips for reducing pesticide exposure include shopping at farmer’s markets to purchase certified organic fruits and vegetables. As well, care should be taken to avoid household exposure to pesticides commonly found in insect repellants, pet litter, and home gardens. According to the Huffington Post, the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research and advocacy organization, designated 12 fruits and vegetables as having the most…

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What Are Symptoms I Might Be Pregnant?

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Even though on the outside it might seem like there are no signs or symptoms of pregnancy, on the inside your body is going through tremendous and significant changes. Many of these changes will trigger symptoms even in just those first few weeks that when all put together point to the same answer – you are pregnant. Early Signs of Pregnancy One of the very first signs of pregnancy a woman might notice is very light bleeding, which can happen 10-12 days after conception. This is known as implantation bleeding from the fertilized egg implanting in the uterine wall. For women who do have implantation bleeding, many think that it is just an early, light or slightly unusual menstruation period. Don’t assume you’re not pregnant if you don’t have this symptom – many women become pregnant and never experience noticeable implantation bleeding. There are many other signs and symptoms of…

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Is Spotting Normal During Pregnancy?

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Photo © Teza Harinaivo Ramiandrisoa Even though finding that you are spotting during pregnancy can cause panic and alarm, it does not necessarily signal a problem with your pregnancy. There are many causes for spotting during pregnancy, and each situation needs to be considered individually, taking into account the mother’s health, the trimester, and any previous problems. Should I Be Worried About Spotting? Spotting during the early weeks of the first trimester can be something as benign as what is known as implantation bleeding or implantation spotting. This means that the fertilized egg implants in the wall of the uterus and can cause mild spotting for a few days. Some women even experience this before they know they are pregnant. This type of spotting can range in color from brown to light pink or red, and it usually much lighter than a typical menstrual period. Sometimes a cervical growth known…

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What are Probiotics and Are They Safe during Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time when moms-to-be are full of questions about how to make the safest and best choices for their growing babies. One of the nutritional topics that can be confusing for pregnant moms is regarding probiotics and their role in a healthy diet. If you are pregnant, you should know that probiotics are generally healthy and safe “good” bacteria that offer many benefits. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are actually live bacteria and yeasts that aid in the digestive system. They are considered “good” microorganisms because they exist naturally in many foods and help to reduce the number of “bad” bacteria in your digestive system. It is important to have an appropriate balance of the bacteria within your body in order to avoid and treat conditions including: Diarrhea – especially after treatment with antibiotics which can destroy the “good” bacteria in your digestive system because it doesn’t differentiate between…

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How Many Fruit and Vegetable Servings are needed per day during Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time of great emphasis and concern for women about their health and the health of their unborn child. Often nutrition and other lifestyle decisions take “center stage”.  As such, women often wonder how do I eat right? How do I make smart food choices? Where do I find the best produce? How much will it cost? Will it taste good? Can I maintain these habits throughout pregnancy and beyond? To answer the question, “How many fruit and vegetable servings are needed per day during pregnancy?”, consider the following simple advice:  Do what comes natural. As a pregnant woman, you’re more likely to be hungry. Eat small snacks of fruit and vegetables several times per day to avoid getting hungry and consuming a lot at one time.  Choose fruits and vegetables that are in season avoiding canned or pre-sweetened options.  By eating often and in season, less effort…

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